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Letter: Mathews students need tools to succeed

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

The Mathews County Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is very concerned about the Mathews County school budget. A number of teaching and paraprofessional positions were eliminated in 2009. Staffing levels at that time reflected the need for one-on-one guidance for many special education students.

While a variety of technological assistance may be helpful, direct student-staff contact is even more important. Staff provides knowledge and guidance to students, assists them in obtaining the greatest benefits of technology programs in the classrooms, and teaches them to relate to others. Equally important are the ancillary services—art, music, speech, occupational therapy and physical education—currently provided.

Inclusive practices for special education students is another concern. Exposure to the general education curriculum is very important. General education students serve as role models and mentors, and contact between and experience w...

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